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Community sporting competitions and full training activities

Develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan to help create and maintain a safe environment for your players, participants, volunteers and spectators at community sporting and training activities.

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Under Public Health Orders, you must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan for how your business will keep your participants, volunteers and workers safe.

You can either :

Updating your plan

You may need to update the plan in the future, as restrictions and advice changes.

The plan available on this page will always be the most recent.

If you have registered as a COVID Safe business online and you update your safety plan, you do not need to register again

Checklist of matters to be addressed in your COVID-19 Safety Plan

  • Exclude staff, volunteers, parents/carers and participants who are unwell.
  • Provide staff and volunteers with information and training on COVID-19, including when to get tested, physical distancing and cleaning, and how to manage a sick visitor.
  • Make staff aware of their leave entitlements if they are sick or required to self-isolate.
  • Display conditions of entry (website, social media, venue entry).
  • If hiring the facility, consult with the owners/operators to address these requirements to understand what measures may already be in place.
  • Ensure COVID-19 Safety Plans are in place, where relevant, for:
  • Ensure processes are in place to exclude participants (including spectators and officials) if they have visited Victoria in the 14 days prior.
  • Ensure processes are in place to exclude participants (including spectators and officials) if they have attended any of the reported case locations listed on the NSW Health website.
  • Take all reasonable steps to minimise the number of spectators attending community sport events.
  • If sufficient numbers to field teams cannot be achieved, prioritise delaying the event rather than substituting with people from other teams or from the community.

  • Ensure the number of people in a facility does not exceed one person per 4 square metres of space (excluding staff) to a maximum of 500 people.
  • Minimise co-mingling of participants from different games and timeslots where possible.
  • Ensure any spectators comply with 1.5 metres physical distance where practical, such as through staggered seating. People who live in the same household are not required to distance. Have strategies in place to prevent spectators from different games and timeslots co-mingling.
  • Have strategies in place to manage gatherings that may occur immediately outside the premises, such as with drop off and pick up zones or staggered start/finish times.
  • Reduce crowding wherever possible and promote physical distancing with markers on the floor where people stand or are asked to queue.
  • Ensure communal facilities such as showers, change rooms and lockers have strategies in place to reduce crowding and promote physical distancing.
  • Where practical, stagger the use of communal facilities. Strongly encourage participants to shower/change at home where possible.
  • Use telephone or video platforms for essential staff meetings where practical.
  • Review regular business deliveries and request contactless delivery and invoicing where practical.

  • Adopt good hand hygiene practices.
  • Ensure hand sanitiser is accessible at the venue entry and throughout the facility or ground.
  • Ensure bathrooms are well stocked with hand soap and paper towels or hand dryers. Consider providing visual aids above hand wash basins to support effective hand washing.
  • Encourage participants to bring their own water bottle, snacks/orange slices and sweat towels. Avoid shared food and drinks.
  • Ensure processes are in place to launder shared uniform items after use, such as bibs or jerseys.
  • Clean frequently used indoor hard surface areas, including children’s play areas, at least daily; first with detergent and water, and then disinfect.
  • Clean frequently touched areas and surfaces, including in communal facilities, several times per day.
  • Clean areas used for high intensity sports with detergent and disinfectant after each use.
  • Reduce sharing of equipment where practical and ensure these are cleaned with detergent and disinfectant between use.
  • Ensure there is accessible detergent/disinfectant and gloves for visitors to use, should they wish.
  • Disinfectant solutions need to be maintained at an appropriate strength and used in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Staff are to wear gloves when cleaning and wash hands thoroughly before and after with soap and water.
  • Encourage contactless payment options.

  • Keep a record of name and a mobile number or email address for all staff, volunteers, participants, spectators and contractors attending community sports activities, where this is practical, for a period of at least 28 days.Ensure records are used only for the purposes of tracing COVID-19 infections and are stored confidentially and securely.
  • Make your staff  and volunteers aware of the COVIDSafe app and its benefits to support contact tracing if required.
  • Cooperate with NSW Health if contacted in relation to a positive case of COVID-19 at your workplace, and notify SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50.

It's free to become a COVID Safe business

Step 1

Download your COVID-19 Safety plan

Download, print and complete the

COVID-19 Safety Plans: Community sporting competitions and full training activities (PDF, 223.46 KB)


Step 2

Register as a COVID Safe business 

If you've completed and downloaded your COVID-19 Safety Plan, you can register your business as COVID Safe.

Register a COVID Safe business

Last updated: 23 July 2020

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